Seed Swaps

When did I move to the tropics?

18 Jun 2012
Sunny 32°C / 90°F

It seems that the new normal is about three weeks of spring weather followed by summer temperatures.

Between the rain and the heat, not to mention the tiller (don’t get me started!) it’s been a challenge to get the garden planted. Today though, I feel like the end of the “spring” planting is in sight. Despite being in less than perfectly turned soil, the cucumbers and melons are sprouting, the winter squash is (mostly) sprouting, the first snow pea harvests are starting, and my wintersowing trays are almost all planted.

Today I was able to turn the soil in the last 7 beds in the vegetable garden. I planted:

  • Rutabaga ‘York’
  • Broccoli ‘Calabrese’
  • Broccoli ‘De Ciccio’
  • Radish ‘French Breakfast’
  • Radish ‘Cherry Belle’
  • Kale
  • Mild Mix (Brassica mix from HMS)
  • Spicy Mix (Brassica mix from HMS)
  • Bok Choy ‘Shanghai Green’
  • Gourmet Lettuce Blend
  • Beets ‘Chioggia’
  • Fennel ‘Zefa Fino’
  • Dill ‘Hera’
  • Cilantro ‘Santo’
  • Basil ‘Italian Large Leaf’

I also transplanted my purchased celery plants into a trench, which I plan to fill with soil as they celery grows in order to blanch the stalks. From what I’ve read, the celery should appreciate the high water table (though perhaps not our heat waves!)

I still need to pull the bolted spinach, pull the beta mix (perhaps harvest a few greens, but I think this mix needs to be planted a bit later and in a more weed-free spot), plant more onions, continue to succession sow various herbs & veggies, and continue my battle against weeds, specifically the quack grass. In a few more weeks it will be time to plant fall greens, beets, and turnips.

I worked into the late evening today in order to get as much done in today’s cooler (feels like 34 with the humidex) temperatures. Tomorrow’s high is only 29 but the humidex is supposed to make it feel like 39. Wednesday & Thursday’s temperatures are worse (33 feels like 44, 33 feels like 41). Looks like the heat wave should break by Friday. Hopefully I can keep up with the watering so that today’s plantings will sprout.




Nice when we glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. A nice list of edible plants!

Posted on 19 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Whilst we’re all bemoaning our rain and cooler temperatures, I certainly don’t envy you your heat – even before the humidex! Your plantings sound fantastic – I’m practically drooling at the thought of such bounty.

Posted on 24 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

@LouiseM Wouldn’t it be nice if the temperatures could moderate across the country: you could have a bit of our excess heat, and we would have a “normal” spring! Fortunately some of the harvests from my earliest plantings are starting to come in, which makes it easier to remember that work in the garden (even in the heat) will be worth it come harvest time!

Posted on 25 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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